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Crime & Courts

Bond set for Chicago man charged in Elmhurst residential burglaries

Bond was set Nov. 8 for a Chicago resident accused of burglarizing several Elmhurst residences.

Deon Hampton, 28, of the 6000 block of South Damen Avenue, appeared at a bond hearing where Judge Jeffrey MacKay set bond at $100,000, according to a DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office news release.

Hampton is charged with residential burglary and is currently on parole for residential burglary out of Cook County. Because of his history, Hampton is eligible for Class X sentencing, which carries a maximum penalty of up to 30 years in prison.

Hampton allegedly burglarized multiple homes in Elmhurst between Nov. 5 and 7. On at least two occasions, Hampton stole items from the homes while the homeowners were either in the home or outside doing yard work, according to the release.

Through the course of their investigation, Elmhurst police officers identified Hampton as a suspect in the case. On Nov. 7, police located Hampton seated in a vehicle in Bensenville. Hampton was arrested at this time.

“The allegations that during a three-day span Deon Hampton entered multiple residences, at least two of which were occupied at the time, and stole valuables are unacceptable and will be met with the full force and effect of the law,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in the release. “In addition to allegedly stealing valuables from his victims, Deon Hampton’s actions also victimized the entire community, robbing residents of the feeling of safety and security that their home provides.”

“I would first and foremost like to thank the residents of Elmhurst for their assistance in this case, including providing to us private video surveillance,” Elmhurst Chief of Police Michael Ruth said. “The apprehension of the suspect is a perfect example of the partnership that exists between the community and police working together to keep our neighborhoods safe. I would also like to thank the State’s Attorney’s Office for their legal guidance.”

Hampton is due in court Nov. 25 for arraignment. An investigation into the matter continues. Anyone with information is asked to call the Elmhurst Police Department at 630-530-3050.

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